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CEF in the media  |  Apr 25, 2024

The ambitions of China’s BYD stretch well beyond electric vehicles

The Financial Times (UK)

Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email to buy additional rights. Subscribers may share up to 10 or 20 articles per month using the gift article service. More information can be found at Despite auto market pressures, China’s slowing economic growth and western trade protectionism there are no signs that BYD is rethinking its plans for global expansion. Management at BYD, which already exports cars to more than 70 countries, has told investors that they believe they can increase overseas sales from nearly 250,000 cars in 2023 to between 2mn-3mn cars in the coming years, reflecting around 10 per cent of the market, excluding Europe and the US. “They are strategically farsighted,” says Tim Buckley, director of Climate Energy Finance, an Australian think-tank. “They don’t have the myopic short-termism of western capitalism.”  Read more
CEF in the media  |  Apr 24, 2024

The Banker | Banks’ role in securing minerals for a low-carbon future


The opportunities are enormous for Australia, says Tim Buckley, a director at think-tank Climate Energy Finance in Sydney. “Australia has always been a lucky country. We are blessed. We supply half of the world’s iron ore and lithium. We also have the best wind and solar resources in the world,” he says. Potentially, Australia could not only export the raw minerals and materials needed for the green transition, but also do the value-added processing, Buckley suggests. However, that hinges on international collaboration with key partners, including China, which not only has the best technology when it comes to solar, but is also the biggest buyer of critical raw materials from Australia. “As the buyer, they want a lower price. We’ve got a disproportionate power relationship,” says Buckley. “China’s got the value-add. Australia needs to reset the bar.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  Apr 24, 2024

The ‘Future Made in Australia’ plan for solar panels relies on a crucial ingredient: Help from China

ABC online

Where China once built an industry from Australian innovation, Australia now needs China’s help to do the same. To build low-cost panels at scale, experts say Australia needs access to the production line technology and manufacturing patents China has developed over the past 20 years. “I see manufacturing [intellectual property] as a challenge but also an opportunity,” Tim Buckley, director of Climate Energy Finance, said. “This is a way of enhancing collaboration with China.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  Apr 22, 2024

Clean energy economy leaders cheer on Future Made in Australia Act

PV Magazine

A group of seven Australian renewable energy industry organisations and investment bodies has called on the government to stay the course on the Future Made in Australia Act (FMAA) and back it with targeted budgetary commitments to leverage a “once-in-a century” decarbonisation opportunity. The Clean Energy Investor Group (CEIG), Clean Energy Council (CEC), Rewiring Australia, Smart Energy Council (SEC), Beyond Zero Emissions, Climate Energy Finance (CEF), and Climate Capital Forum have stood as one to show their support for the recently announced initiative that is designed to build local industries focusing on the clean energy transition. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Apr 22, 2024

EcoGeneration | Industry heavyweights back PM’s clean energy push


In a show of unity, Australia’s leading energy industry players and investment groups have thrown their weight behind Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s landmark ‘Future Made in Australia’ initiative. Tim Buckley, director of Climate Energy Finance, urged the government to “hold its nerve and deliver an ambitious and coordinated package of budget incentives”, enabling Australia to pivot from its historic over-dependence on fossil fuels to a zero-emissions global trade and investment leader. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Apr 18, 2024

Government Told To ‘Hold Its Nerve’ On Clean Tech Push

Canberra Times

Australian Associated Press – Clean energy companies and investors called on the federal government to “hold its nerve” and deliver an ambitious and coordinated package of budget incentives to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels. In a joint statement, they urged Treasurer Jim Chalmers to use the May budget to encourage investment, as rival economies throw trillions of dollars into renewable energy and clean tech to secure their national interests. “We urge the government to hold its nerve and deliver an ambitious and coordinated package of budget incentives,” Mr Buckley said. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Apr 18, 2024

Australia Can’t Afford To ‘Sit Out’ Clean Energy Race

The Australian Financial Review

Responding to criticism of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s Made in Australia Act, a group of energy and finance leaders joined forces on Thursday to call for the scale of budget support required for decarbonisation. Australia could not afford to “sit out” the accelerating global transition and needed taxpayer support to unlock the private capital needed for zero-emissions economic opportunities, they said. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Apr 18, 2024

Real Estate Business | Are green buildings all that green?


Nishtha Aggarwal, an analyst at the independent think tank Climate Energy Finance (CEF), has roundly criticised Australia’s big four banks for touting sustainability rhetoric without following through with meaningful action. “Trumpeting climate action based on the low-hanging fruit of financing minimally green-rated buildings is not enough, and leaves them open to accusation of greenwashing,” said Aggarwal. “They must put ‘their’ money where their mouth is.” An analysis of the major banks’ sustainable finance target (SFT) allocation to date found that a massive 44 per cent of funding was allocated to green buildings. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Apr 11, 2024

ABC Drive Illawarra | A Uniquely Australian Opportunity

ABC Radio

We need to get on the bandwagon or get left behind. The transition is happening. The world is moving on. If we don’t move with everyone, Australia will languish and stagnate. So what’s in this plan? Founder and director of Climate Energy Finance Tim Buckley is here. G’day, Tim. Good afternoon Jake. So how would you describe this plan in simple terms? This plan. is definitely Australia’s uniquely Australian response to the US Inflation Reduction Act. Without doubt. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Apr 10, 2024

Explainer: China’s dominance in wind turbine manufacturing


China has by far the world’s biggest wind turbine production capacity, or 60% of 163 gigawatts (GW) in 2023, says Brussels-based industry association Global Wind Energy Council. China exported about $1.42 billion of turbines and components to the EU last year. The situation in China’s wind turbine sector is similar to that in the solar sector, with massive domestic capacity increases underpinned by extensive government support, said Xuyang Dong, China energy policy analyst at Climate Energy Finance in Sydney. “With a domestic supply glut and world leading technology, China will increasingly seek to export turbines.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  Apr 10, 2024

Webinar: How to make money out of battery storage

Renew Economy

Battery storage is the hot-spot in the Australian renewable energy transition right now, but it has barely touched the sides when looking at its potential. The so-called “Swiss Army Knives” of the renewable energy transition have learned how to make returns in some key parts of the grid, but much of their potential – long duration storage and specific services – remains difficult because either the market does not exist, or because of the lack of funding and support. Tim Buckley joins Giles Parkinson, Founder & Editor of Renew Economy, alongside Paul Curnow from Akaysha Energy and Daniel Burrows from Eku Energy. Read more

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